EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – contact
James has been involved with the film festival since 2000. He has programmed film and video at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, the Provincetown International Film Festival, and the Brattle Theatre.
James is a Lecturer on film in the Literature Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His interview with filmmaker Guy Maddin was included in the anthology Guy Maddin: Interviews published in 2010 by the University of Mississippi Press. During the day he is an analyst for an investment management firm.
MANAGING DIRECTOR – contact
Kelly is the Managing Director of the Boston LGBT Film Festival. In conjunction with the executive director and director of communications, Kelly is responsible for the print and online advertising, student development, and sponsorship relations. She joined the film festival in spring 2011.
Kelly is also an Executive Marketing Manager at Pearson Education, where she is the Social Sciences & Arts eMarketing strategist and markets a best-selling product line. In addition to marketing, Kelly has also been an acquisitions editor, responsible for product development and market development.
Kelly has been in Boston since 2002 and has always been active in community building, through her work with neighborhood associations, the Boston Public Library, and volunteering.
OPERATIONS/PRINT TRAFFIC – contact
Shawn joined the film festival in 2011. He served as location manager at the Brattle Theatre and was also responsible for print trafficking. He attended the University of Massachusetts/Amherst from 1989-1993 finishing with a Certificate in Film Studies.
Shawn has been working in Super8 for over two decades. Within the past several years his work has explored the realm of hand-processing and its manipulation of chemistry, finding the vulnerability of the medium an exciting challenge. His films have screened in several film festivals including the 2009 and 2011 Boston LGBT Film Festivals,and TIE: The International Experimental Cinema Explosion.
Shawn is currently in the process of opening a clothing boutique and gallery space in Malden, MA, where he lives with his husband and 4 cats.
PROGRAMMING AND TECHNOLOGY – contact
Jared is a filmmaker whose first feature film Day of Youth premiered at the festival in 2015. Since then, he’s been involved in the festival, managing the festival website and curating films and the webseries program. By day, Jared is a software product manager, and he can talk your ear off about media arts, the web, and the future of both.
GUEST RELATIONS, MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR, & EVENT PLANNER – contact
Anouk was born and raised in the Netherlands and traveled extensively throughout Europe before settling in Los Angeles eighteen years ago. There she worked in the film and television industry for more then a decade. Anouk was responsible for various aspects of film production as well as promoting movies and tv shows internationally through trade shows and film festivals.Anouk has a passion for bringing people together which led her to start her own event planning business six years ago. She thrives on organizing and creating smooth-running and exciting events.
Since relocating to Boston almost two years ago, Anouk has provided operations assistance and serves as the guest relations and membership coordinator for the Boston LGBT Film Festival. Here she assists in the planning of events, coordinates travel and lodging for festival guests, and facilitates relations with festival sponsors and site managers. Anouk is a member of the Netherland-America Foundation, the Museum of Fine Arts and is active among European groups in Los Angeles and Boston.
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING – contact
Originally from upstate New York, Patrick has lived in Boston for 14 years. He has been a programmer for the festival since 2011. Like many kids raised in the 80′s, he became addicted to cable television and a good chunk of his allowance was spent on rentals of all sorts of movies (the good, the bad & the cheesy). He found that film served as both a conduit for social change and an escape from life in a small town. Currently, Patrick pursues film/photography as a hobby, trains for triathlons, and still maintains an avid hunger for cinema. During the day, he works as a molecular & cell biologist at a biotech company in Cambridge, MA.
FESTIVAL PROGRAMMER – contact
Anna has been working with film festivals in various capacities for over a decade. Currently, she is a programmer at both the BostonLGBT and SFIndie film festivals. She serves on the board of Press Pass TV, a position she has held for the past six years. She coordinates sponsorship and advises students as part of the Creative Mind Group in conjunction with their Cannes internship and networking program. Previous to this, she served as associate director of the Northampton Independent Film Festival and was the director of the Boston Underground Film Festival for seven years.
Anna holds a BA in Film Analysis and Technique from UMass Amherst and an MFA in Film Production from Boston University. Professionally, she works as the Programs Manager in the Visual Media Arts department at Emerson College and curates the Bright Lights film series in the Bright Family Screening Room housed in the Paramount Theatre in Boston. Additionally, Anna offers her services as a freelance consultant to emerging filmmakers looking for assistance in audience building and festival strategy and with start-up film festivals looking to establish themselves with audiences and filmmakers.
SPONSORSHIP AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS – contact
Alberto has just arrived in Boston and is honored to join the Boston’s film festival team. Alberto was born and raised in Sicily, and then at the age of 22 moved to Toulouse, France where he spent the last 22 years, working as a teacher and as a Certified translator for the Court System.
Alberto has been on the board of directors of the LGBT Film Festival in Toulouse « Des Images Aux Mots » from 2011 to 2015, as treasurer, in charge of fundraising, movie selection and event organization. Furthermore he was the treasurer of the major LGBT association in the South West of France from 2010 to 2012. He volunteered for Aides, the leading HIV/AIDS organisation in France in charge of Outreach in Preventing HIV/ AIDS. He has a Bachelor’s degree in French Literature from the University of Palermo and a Master’s degree in Political History from the University of Toulouse.
PROGRAMMING AND SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR
JP grew up in Vermont and studied film and English at UVM. In 2013 he moved to Boston to pursue an MFA in Media Art from Emerson College. He’s a comedy writer specializing in screenplays, prose, and mass emoji text messages. Obsessed with anything and everything to do with pop culture, JP is excited to have an outlet to promote quality queer media in the Boston community. For his day job he works as a freelance video transcriptionist and a barista in the south end.
Giuseppe Di Caprio
PROGRAMMING – contact
Giuseppe moved to Boston from the South of Italy four years ago and joined the festival in 2013. While living in Brussels he worked with the local queer film festival PinkScreens/Genres d’à côté. Introduced by his father to neorealism and nouvelle vague, Giuseppe is an avid reader of Disney comics and spends most of his free time in the concert halls around the city.
Giuseppe is a member of the Italian Professionals in Boston and the Museum of fine arts. During the day he works as a researcher at the Harvard Medical School.
Mia Rosenblatt Tinkjian
Mia received her MFA in Studio Art, with a focus on Film and Photography, from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She has been an practicing artist for over 15 years. Mia attended Boston College Law School, and obtained her JD in 2005.. She has represented clients in matters of Fair Use, intellectual property, contract negotiations, family law and civil litigation. She has appeared before various District, Family and Probate Courts throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Mia has been a part of the film festival since 2013.
MARKETING, PROGRAMMING, AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH – contact
Originally from the South Shore, Kimya has spent the last decade in Pennsylvania after 4 years obtaining her Bachelors from the University of Pittsburgh in Media and Professional Communications with a concentration in Corporate and Community Relations.
Since graduating, she has spent her time both professionally and personally fine tuning her skills in community outreach, branding and general public relation tasks. Kimya has been an outspoken member of the LBGTQI community as well as a repeat donor for the Human Rights Campaign. Kimya is thrilled to have the opportunity to use her degree, skills and passion for a community that truly feels like family.
MARKETING & DESIGN- contact
This is Kristen‘s first year with the festival and she is super-honored to be part of it. She is a freelance Creative Manager from New York City where she has worked in the fashion and entertainment industries for over 20 years. She and also a devoted photographer, thai yoga therapist and proud mommy to the handsomest pitbull on earth, Julio.
- February 27 / 7:00 pm - 8:35 pm
- March 3 / 7:00 pm - 8:25 pm
- March 30 / 7:00 pm - 7:00 pm
- April 4 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
- April 7 / 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
- April 18 / 7:00 pm - 7:00 pm
- April 20 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm